Leadership Profiles

Michael Gottdenker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Gottdenker joined Hargray in 2007 as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Gottdenker is actively involved in formulating Hargray’s strategic direction and overseeing all of its operating activities. Prior to joining Hargray, Mr. Gottdenker served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Access Spectrum, LLC; as President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, Inc.; in a variety of executive positions at Revlon Consumer Products Corporation; and as an investment banker in the Corporate Finance and Real Estate Finance departments of Salomon Brothers Inc.

Mr. Gottdenker is active in a number of philanthropic and professional organizations. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Georgetown Day School, and has served as a Trustee and on the Executive Committee of Wilkes University.  He is a member of the Washington DC Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization where he served as Chair of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Gottdenker received a BA degree in Economics and Computer Science from Columbia University.  He is married with three children and is an instrument-rated pilot.

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Andrew J. Rein, Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Rein and his family moved to the Hilton Head area in September of 2007. He currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for Hargray. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s finance, accounting, and corporate development functions. Prior to assuming this position in 2015, Mr. Rein served as Vice President of Strategic Planning & Development and was responsible for the company’s corporate development functions including strategic direction, mergers and acquisitions, and other development activities.

Prior to this role, Mr. Rein served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and was responsible for the company’s residential, commercial and carrier sales, marketing, product development, customer service, and community relations activities.

Before joining Hargray, Mr. Rein was Director, Strategy & Operations for Access Spectrum, LLC in Bethesda, MD. Access Spectrum owns and develops licensed wireless spectrum in the 700 MHz and 220 MHz bands.

Before joining Access Spectrum, Mr. Rein was an analyst at Dean & Company, a Washington DC-based telecommunications strategy consulting firm.

Mr. Rein holds a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University where he graduated summa cum laude with Honors in 2000.

David Armistead, General Counsel and Secretary

David Armistead has more than 17 years of experience working with telecommunications and other utility companies. Mr. Armistead joined Hargray in 2007 and currently serves as the company’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In his current position, he is responsible for the company’s legal, regulatory, legislative, human resources, purchasing and real property functions.

Mr. Armistead joined Hargray from CT Communications, Inc., a publicly traded telecommunications and broadband provider, where he held the position of General Counsel and Corporate Secretary until that company’s sale to Windstream Corporation in 2007.

Prior to CT Communications, Mr. Armistead was a partner in the law firm of Troutman Sanders, LLP. With Troutman Sanders, he concentrated his practice on representing telecommunications and utility companies on corporate, regulatory and legislative matters.

Mr. Armistead received a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1993. He earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 1996, where he graduated first in his class and served as Editor in Chief of the Georgia Law Review. Following law school, Mr. Armistead clerked for then Chief Judge Boyce F. Martin on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Chris McCorkendale, Senior Vice President, Sales & Business Development

Chris McCorkendale currently serves as Senior Vice President of Sales & Business Development.  In this role, he is responsible for the company’s sales, expansion, and new market activities.

Prior to joining Hargray, Mr. McCorkendale was the Area General Manager and Vice President of Field Operations for Frontier Communications in Nebraska and Iowa. In this role, he was responsible for overall company operations in these states.

Before Frontier, Mr. McCorkendale was Vice President of Operations Strategy and Development for Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, Inc. in Pennsylvania. In this position, he directed business development, strategy, and operational improvement initiatives for the company. He also managed merger-related activities associated with Frontier’s March 2007 acquisition of CTE. In addition to other roles with this company, Mr. McCorkendale served as Regional Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Mr. McCorkendale is active in a number of professional organizations that support the health and growth of our community. He currently serves as a Board and Executive Committee member of the Hilton Head Island – Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, is on the Board of the South Carolina State Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Hilton Head Hospital Board of Governors, and is a past Chairman and Board Member at the United Way of the Lowcountry.

Prior to entering the communications industry, Mr. McCorkendale served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is a retired lieutenant colonel with more than twenty-two years of active and reserve service.

Mr. McCorkendale holds an M.B.A. from Troy State University and a BA degree in Economics from Missouri State University.

Cheryl Sullivan Lester, Senior Vice President, Marketing 

Cheryl Sullivan Lester recently joined Hargray as the Senior Vice President of Marketing. Cheryl built her broad and deep marketing expertise by growing her career at various internet and technology start-ups and Fortune 500 companies such as The Gap and Cox Enterprises.  Most recently, she spent time at Walmart, Inc. and Sam’s Club, Inc. gaining large-scale P&L experience in retail operations. Additionally, Cheryl had stints as a CPA at Arthur Andersen and a consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Mrs. Lester holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley.  She has served on a number of community boards including the Orlando Science Center, Boy Scouts of America – Central Florida Council, and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc.  Mrs. Lester was a member of the Walmart Women’s Officer Caucus from 2013 – 2016 and was recognized by Ryse Magazine for the Inaugural “Women on the Ryse” Award in 2012.

Tom Walsh, Vice President, Network and Information Technology

Tom Walsh currently serves as Vice President of Network and Information Technology for Hargray. In this role, he is responsible for activities related to the company’s network engineering, network operations, and information technology services.

Prior to joining Hargray, Mr. Walsh was the Executive Director for Apparo Solutions, Inc. in Charlotte, NC, a technology nonprofit providing technology services to area nonprofits. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of Apparo’s mission in service to the greater Charlotte region.

Before Apparo, Mr. Walsh was CIO and Vice President of Information Technology for ACN, Inc., a Concord, NC-based network marketing firm providing telecommunication services in 23 countries across the globe. In this position, he drove strategic technology planning and execution, and operational execution of all corporate technology services in the US and Canada, as well as system services for the global network of Independent Business Owner.

Prior to entering the communications industry, Mr. Walsh worked in the financial services sector, at several life and property/casualty insurers, as well as in banking.

Mr. Walsh holds an M.B.A. from New Haven University and a BA degree in History/Education from Fairfield University.